Organized in 2006, the Krewe of Atlas is named after the mythological Titan warrior Atlas. Krewe Members are bound together by the belief that Mardi Gras is a “Celebration for the Masses.” After storming Olympus and threatening the Gods, Atlas was sentenced to hold up the world on his shoulders forever. Just as the world encompassed people from all walks of like so does our Krewe, and in the spirit of Atlas we strive to lift up our “area of the world” through our community service projects.
Royal COURT XI
Involved with Mardi Gras in the Ark-La-Tex over 25 years, Captain XI was drawn to the diversity of the Krewe of Atlas and its charitable works in 2013.
In addition to Mardi Gras, our captain enjoys time with family and friends, cooking, party planning, decorating, and trips to New Orleans.
He is honored to represent Atlas as their Captain and wishes to thank ALL former Atlas Captains for paving the way!
King Atlas XI
Born and raised in Port Allen, LA, John now lives in Frierson, LA, with his wife of 37 years, Dans Favrot. They are proud parents of three children Kenneth, Zach, and Emily, and the grandparents to David, Kate, Nolan, Kai, and Eli.
King Atlas XI graduated from LSUS and is retired from the International Paper Company after 36 1/2 years.
When you can pull him away from watching any and all LSU sports he enjoys traveling, golf, hanging out at the pool, spending time with family and friends, and being an active member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2008.
Queen Atlas XI
Native of Shreveport and graduate of C.E. Byrd High School, Emily holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from LSU in Art History and Anthropology. She also obtained her paralegal certification from LSUS, and is serving as a paralegal and notary public at the Law Offices of
Damon D. Kervin, APLC.
In addition to being active member of the Krewe since 2013, Emily also loves hanging out with her amazing son, Eli, swimming, playing cars, reading, and building blocks.
Native of Shreveport, now residing in Frierson, Dana is a nine-year veteran of the Krewe of Atlas and has been heavily involved in numerous activities and charities with the Krewe.
Co-Captain Dana retired from LSU Health after 25 years where she served as RN clinical research coordinator for the Infectious Disease department.
She enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband of 37 years, her children and grandchildren, cooking, and hanging out with her fellow Queens forever.
Duchess of Peace
Our Duchess of Peace was born in German while her parents were stationed overseas with the US Air Force. She is an alumna of Parkway High School and earned a Liberal Arts degree from LSU.
Theresa has spent over 20 years in the Human Resource-Personnel field and is currently a realtor with Century 21 Elite in Shreveport.
A member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2017, she is also very active in the community serving with several other non-profit organizations, currently serves on the Easter Seals Board of Directors, and is the Secretary-Treasurer for the Northwest Board of Realtors.
In her spare time, she loves riding her motorcycle, spending time with her grandchildren, bowling, spending time at the lake, fishing, or just floating in her swimming pool.
Duke of Peace
Chris is a native of Bossier City and attended Bossier High School and Bossier Parish Community College.
He is the senior outside salesman for ABC supply and has been employed there for 22 years.
The Duke of Peace has been a member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2017, assisting with its various charities.
He has been married to his wife and duchess for the past 13 years. Combined they have three sons and one daughter, along with seven wonderful grandchildren. In his spare time he loves riding his motorcycle, traveling to new places, bowling, and cooking in grill competitions.
Duchess of Love
Bitsy was born in Manning, South Carolina, but has been a resident of Shreveport for over 35 years. Having been raised on a farm, she has a deep love of all animals.
She and her husband and duke have been married 26 years. They are
“OWNED” by six special rescue kitties. Our duchess has one daughter and three grandchildren in South Carolina, and a stepdaughter and two grandchildren in Maine.
She has been part of Mardi Gras for the past fifteen years and a proud member of Atlas for the past four. She is also found of the social group “Queens Forever”.
Our Duchess is a native of Shreveport, and is a graduate of Byrd High School and Centenary College. She received her master's degree in counseling psychology from LSUS and for the past 10 years has been a professional counselor working in our community.
In her spare time Amanda loves to read,
Duke of Love
Our Duke was born in Shreveport and is a graduate of First Baptist High School and Louisiana Tech University where he majored in the geosciences.
He has been part of the Mardi Gras scene for fifteen years, and part of the Krewe of Atlas for the past four years.
Proudly married to his wife and duchess for nearly 26 years, he is a father of one and grandfather of five, and “cat daddy” to six fur babies (all of whom are rescues).
Duchess of Harmony
cook, listen to music, and be creative. The most important thing in her life is her family: her loving husband and Duke Zach, her teenaged stepson David, and her 3-year-old son Kai.
A member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2013, she is very proud to represent her Krewe.
Duke of Harmony
Born and raised in Shreveport, Zach is a graduate of Byrd High School and is curently a senior at LSUS. After graduation, he plans to become a teacher and coach in the local community.
He is currently the coach for Byrd's boys' lacrosse team and Director of Operations for the Red River Youth Lacrosse Asociation.
Our duke married his duchess in 2013, and is the proud father of two boys: David and Kai. He has been a member of the Krewe of Atlas since 2013.
In his spare time he loves to hand out with family, win at Trivial Pursuit, and wrestle bears.
President - John Pumilio
Born and raised in Shreveport, John is the son of Linda Dupree Pumilio and the late Albert J. Pumilio. John is the youngest of four children having one sister and two brothers.
John is currently the Vice-President
of Tra-Dor Property Management and his background is in accounting.
John first became involved in Mardi Gras in the late 1980s when Mardi Gras first made its return to the Ark-La-Tex. He is a former member of the Krewe of Apollo where he served as both Captain and Queen as well as various board positions.
John first joined the Krewe of Atlas during season six in 2013-2014 and served as the Duke of Fire for season eight and co-captain and treasurer in season nine.
John is honored to service this year as Captain Atlas XI!
REMEMBER: THERE IS NO “I” IN TEAM!
ALL HAIL ATLAS!
President – Ruth Grafton
A graduate of C.E. Byrd High School, Ruth Grafton is retired from the Radiology Imaging field. She joined the Krewe of Atlas in 2009 and kicked off her inaugural season in the Mardi Gras world as
Duchess II. In 2012, Ruth reigned as Queen Atlas IV and has served several times on the Board of Directors for this awesome krewe.
An avid LSU, Saints, and Byrd High School football and lacrosse fan, Ruth has one remarkable daughter who has blessed her with two wonderful grandsons.
Treasurer - Randy Mobley
Randy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and spent his younger years there and in Delaware. He graduated from Hobart College in Geneva, New York with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History. He has been married to Sylvia for
51 years (although they are still not
sure they are married as their anniversary date is April 1).
They have two children – Heather & Laurie and three Grandchildren Haley, Jake & Kate plus a great so-in-law – Jacob. He has been involved in Mardi Gras for over ten years. Randy is retired from the Insurance Agency business. He currently serves as the Treasurer of Marian Council 3779 of the Knights of Columbus.
Secretary– Emily Favrot
Emily Favrot is a lifelong resident of Louisiana and is currently working as a paralegal and notary public. She enjoys spending time with her son, Eli, and her friends and family in the Krewe of Atlas.
Emily Favrot is a six-year veteran of the
Krewe of Atlas and served on Royal Court VII as the Duchess of Innocence, and Royal Court X as the Duchess of Illusion. She has been heavily involved in the Krewe’s many activities and fundraising events, including: silent auction, booze barrel, garage sale, and decorated purse auction.
Historian - Lacie Kempff
Born in Texas, Lacie moved with her family to Louisiana in 1997. Daughter of Feico Kempff and Linda kempff. She graduated from C.E. Byrd High School in 2004, and Northwestern College of Nursing in 2012. She currently works as a Registered Nurse at Christus Highland Medical Center.
Lacie first joined The Krewe of Atlas during season VII, and had the pleasure of serving as Duchess of Illumination in season X.
Lacie is the proud mother of 11-year-old Jackson. She loves to spend time with her boyfriend of four years, Aaron. Together, the three of them like to play video games, spend time with friends, and take their dog, Willie, for walks through the neighborhood.
Lacie is very excited to serve as this year’s historian, and encourages everyone to enjoy all that this amazing Krewe has to offer!
Lt. of Charity - Ruth Burdges
Ruth Burdges has been a member of the Krewe of Atlas for eight years and is serving her fifth turn as the Lt. of Charity. She served as the Duchess of Earth for the 2015-2016 season.
Ruth is an avid facilitator and participant in support of community servicd and charitable needs, and enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to help the Shreveport/Bossier City area in that capacity.
"The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose."
Lt. of Merriment - Jennifer King
Jennifer King has been involved with Mardi Gras since 2014. She joined the Krewe of Atlas in 2016 and
was a Duchess for the 2016-17 season. She was heavily involved in many areas of the Krewe operations
as well as the Lieutenant of Merriment
for the 2017-2018 season.
Jennifer was born and raised in Houston, TX. She moved to Shreveport in 1999 to pursue other career
opportunities. She has worked for Nitro Gaming as a regional manager for 15 years. When she is not
working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping and most of all traveling. She
has four nieces that she spoils as well as her dachshund, Maggie. She is eager to get started on the 2017-
2018 season as the Lieutenant of Merriment.
Parade Lieutenant – Dana Favrot
A lifelong resident of Louisiana, Dana has retired from LSU Health were she served as RN clinical research coordinator for the Section of Infectious Diseases at LSU Health for 25 years. She enjoys spending time with her husband John Favrot and their children and grandchildren.
Dana Favrot is a nine-year veteran of the Krewe of Atlas and has been heavily involved in many activities and charities. She has served on the Board of Directors in numerous capacities, such as parade lieutenant, secretary, and lieutenant of charity. Dana was also honored to serve as Queen Atlas VI. She would like to thank Captain John Pumilio for the opportunity to serve as his co-captain.
Dana would like to invite each of you to look for ways to participate in the Mardi Gras community. She believes you won’t find a more fun and welcoming group of people anywhere.
Royalty Chair /
Fundraising Chair - Garage Sale
Sylvia was born in Gladewater, Texas into a large family with fun loving parents. She graduated from Saint Paul School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas in 1959 and enjoyed a very rewarding career as a Registered Nurse.
After working in pediatric cardiovascular surgery at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Sylvia and Randy moved to San Antonio where they were blessed with two girls – Heather & Laurie. Both have become wonderful women. Laurie has blessed us with three Grandchildren – Haley, Jake and Kate.
After a brief stay in Plano, Texas, we moved to Shreveport in 1976. Sylvia became a School Nurse and retired from the Caddo Parish School Board in 2000. Her hobbies include fishing, making mosaics, traveling and enjoying cocktail hours.
What a great journey this life has been and she looks forward to many great tomorrows.
Fundraising Chair - Silent Auction
Marianne was born and raised in Shreveport and has also lived in Chicago, Dallas, and Baton Rouge. She is currently a Senior Buyer for the University Health
At the urging of her cousin, Queen IV Ruth Grafton, Marianne joined the Krewe of Atlas in 2013 and has loved every minute of it. She has been involved in many of the Krewe’s charity and fundraising events as is always in awe of the generosity of the members of this mighty little krewe.
Marianne loves to take road trips with her family and friends and is an avid fan of the LSU Tigers and Dallas Cowboys.
Fundraising Chair - Booze Barrel
Bitsy Smith has been a member of The Krewe of Atlas for four years. She enjoyed serving the Krewe as Royalty chair last season.
Bitsy was born and raised on a farm in South Carolina but has been a resident of Shreveport for 35+ years. She and her husband of 26 years, John, who is her best friend, love doing for their community. Hence their seasonal decorations at the corner of Pierremont and Fern. Bitsy's favorite is Halloween, several of the Atlas Krewe members assist with the 1,000+ Trick or Treaters who come by each year.
Bitsy has a daughter and three grandchildren in South Carolina and a step-daughter and two grandchildren in Maine. She also has six spoiled rotten rescue kitties that she loves to pieces.
Fundraising Chair - Booze Barrel
John Smith was born and raised in Shreveport. He is a graduate of First Baptist High and graduated from La Tac with a BS in Geosciences. John is the president of
Robinson's Royalty LLC and JRS Enterprises LLC.
He has been a member of the Krewe of Atlas for over four years. He enjoys golf and anything outdoors. Especially decorating for 9 different holidays at the corner of Pierremont and Fern with his wife of 26 years Bitsy. John considers her to be the driving force in his life.
John is the proud father of his daughter and two granddaughters in Maine and his step-daughter, two step-granddaughters and step grand-son in South Carolina. John also has a deep love of animals. Especially his six rescue kitties Lucky, Rusty, John Richard, Ace, Gwennie and John Allen. He was 2012-2013 King Ambassador for KBM.
John is looking forward to the 2018-2019 Mardi Gras season serving on the board for the Krewe of Atlas